8/29/2006

Experts Predict Hip-Fracture Epidemic

Better nutrition, treatment now could prevent global crisis

FRIDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- The world faces an epidemic of hip fractures over the next few decades as more and more people's bones weaken from osteoporosis as they age.

So conclude researchers who estimate that at least 6.3 million people worldwide will suffer a hip fracture in the year 2050 -- more than triple the 1.7 million cases recorded in 1990.

The trend toward more fractures could be turned around, however, if doctors and the public take advantage of what's known about osteoporosis prevention. One key preventive strategy: "We should be looking at the younger population to maximize calcium," said Dr. Joseph Fetto, associate professor of orthopedics at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.

NOTE: This is another reason why training for balance and stabilization is very important, particularly for adults past 50 and 60 years old.

Click here to read the full article at MSN Health News